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Samantha Swindler: Bringing down the sheriff


Award-winning editor Samantha Swindler (’02) was a public relations major who later switched to the fast-paced world of journalism. Here, she talks with current student Michaela MacDonald (’12) about how COM helped her root out corruption within a small Kentucky town.

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Samantha Swindler

A PR major at COM, Swindler was pulled toward journalism soon after graduation. As the editor of the 6,800-circulation Times-Tribune in Whitley County, Ky., her team's reporting resulted in the resignation and arrest of a corrupt sheriff. Because of her work, The University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues honored Swindler with the 2010 Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism. She currently serves as the publisher of Oregon's Tillamook Headlight-Herald.